Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

'Disappointing': Experts React To The United States-North Korea Summit

'Disappointing': Experts React To The United States-North Korea Summit

Moon Seong-mook, a former South Korean military official, said that Trump's comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along - that North Korea would try to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional United States president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.

TRUMP: "He actually mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past and ultimately as you know nothing got done".

But the suspension of exercises hit the traveling delegation like a bombshell, Martin reports, and sent members scrambling to notify the South Koreans, catching most senior officials by surprise and leaving them unable to explain what the suspension of "war games" means.

The extensive and - by North Korean standards - fast coverage by the North also suggested an attempt to set the post-summit narrative of the vaguely worded declaration signed by Kim and Trump.

"We're going to have to check it and we will check it".

"We must remember the two individuals leading these negotiations". In front of a throng of clicking, flashing cameras aimed by some of the 2,500 reporters who had traveled to the island of Sentosa to cover the summit, Trump and Kim strode out from opposite flanks of a red-carpeted stage, met in the middle, and shook hands for about 10 seconds.

But, with the summit ending only with the signing of a statement of intent and offering no timetable for action, questions remained about whether the meeting has produced enough results to boost his global image and domestic standing over the longer term. Nixon's visit was essential for world peace and North Korea [today] is a major threat to the entire world.

Outside analysts believe the North objects to the drills because it must spend precious resources on its own war games and troop movements. "It is a list of aspirational goals", said Evans Revere, a former US negotiator with North Korea.

However, over the past 24 years, normal diplomatic procedures had repeatedly failed to open any effective negotiating door with North Korea, Stoffer recalled. However, there were no specifics offered on future plans, which will be a work in progress for the Trump administration if a deal is to be reached. A federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election also hangs over his presidency.

Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.

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When Tapper asked if Trump was planning any payback for Trudeau's comments, Kudlow said he wasn't aware of any further moves. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: "In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters".

A senior US defense official told CNN the Pentagon would work with the White House and the State Department to determine how to carry out the president's intent on exercises.

Trump himself scoffed at the sceptics earlier on Tuesday.

"I'm very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from our meetings tomorrow", he said.

What exactly did North Korea get out of the deal?

"I was not entirely optimistic about the summit because it nearly got canceled once", said Yoon Yong-jin, 20, a university student.

"Both sides thought South Korea was too poor and weak to defend itself", says Armstrong. -South Korea military drills, a key demand from Pyongyang.

"The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor", Trump told reporters in Singapore.

"It looked good on camera", Oba said, adding that it would still be a relief to the region that relations remain on a positive trajectory. It is nearly on the scale of [former US President Richard] Nixon going to China in 1972.

Trump is scheduled for a news conference at 4pm local time. Pyongyang has since pulled out of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, built a complete nuclear fuel cycle, assembled an arsenal of nuclear weapons and developed the missiles to fire them. "Why not ease sanctions?"

Pentagon officials were surprised Tuesday after President Donald Trump vowed at the summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un to cancel "provocative" joint military drills with South Korea.

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